by Kersey Graves

from NewAgePointToInfinity Website


 

 


Rival Claims of The Saviors


It is claimed by the disciples of Jesus Christ that he was of supernatural and divine origin; that, although he was woman conceived, he was deity begotten, and molded in human form, but comprehending in essence a full measure of the infinite Godhead, thus making him half human and half divine in his sublunary origin.

It is claimed that he was full and perfect God, and perfect man; and while he was God, he was also the son of God, and as such was sent down by the father to save the fallen and guilty world; and that thus his mission pertained to the whole human race; and his inspired seers are made to declare that ultimately every nation, tongue, kindred, and people under heaven will acknowledge allegiance to his government, and concede his right to reign and rule the world; that "every knee must bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

But we do not find that this prophecy has ever been or is likely to be fulfilled. We do not observe that this claim to the infinite deityship of Jesus Christ has been or is likely to be universally conceded.

 

On the contrary, it is found that by a portion, and a large portion of the people of even those nations now called Christian, this claim has been steadily and unswervingly controverted, through the whole line of history, stretching through the nearly two thousand years which have elapsed since his advent to earth.

Even some of those who are represented to have been personally acquainted with him - aye! some of his own brethren in the flesh, children in the same household, children of the same mother - had the temerity to question the tenableness of his claim to a divine emanation. And when we extend our researches to other countries, we find his claim, so far from being conceded, is denied and contested by whole nations upon other grounds. It is met and confronted by rival claims.

Upon this ground hundreds of millions of the established believers in divine revelation - hundreds of millions of believers in the divine character and origin of religion - reject the pretensions set up for Jesus Christ.

 

They admit both a God and a Savior, but do not accept Jesus of Nazareth as being either. They admit a Messiah, but not ítheí Messiah; these nations contend that the title is misplaced which makes "the man Christ Jesus" the Savior of the world. They claim to have been honored with the birth of the true Savior among them, and defend this claim upon the ground of priority of date. They aver that the advents of their Messiahs were long prior to that of the Christians, and that this circumstance adjudicates for them a superiority of claim as to having had the true Messiah born upon their soil.

It is argued that, as the story of the incarnation of the Christiansí Savior is of more recent date than those of the oriental and the ancient religions (as is conceded by Christians themselves), the origin of the former is thus indicated and foreshadowed as being an outgrowth from, if not a plagiarism upon the latter - a borrowed copy, of which the pagan stories furnish the original.

 

Here, then, we observe a rivalship of claims, as to which of the remarkable personages who have figured in the world of Saviors, Messiahs, and Sons of God, in different ages and different countries, can be considered the true Savior and "sent of God;" or whether all should be, or the claims of all rejected.

For researchers in oriental history reveal the remarkable fact that stories of incarnate Gods answering to and resembling the miraculous character of Jesus Christ have been prevalent in most if not all the principal religious heathen nations of antiquity; and the accounts and narrations of some of these deific incarnations bear such a striking resemblance to that of the Christian Savior - not only in their general features, but in some cases the most minute details, from the legend of the immaculate conception to that of the crucifixion, and subsequent ascension into heaven - that one might almost be mistaken for another.

More than twenty claims of this kind - claims of being invested with divine honor (deified) - have come forward and presented themselves at the bar of the world, with their credentials, to contest the verdict of Christendom, in having proclaimed Jesus Christ, "the only son, and sent of God:" twenty Messiahs, Saviors, and Sons of God, according to history or tradition, have in past times, descended from heaven, and taken upon themselves the form of men, clothing themselves with human flesh, and furnishing incontestable evidence of a divine origin, by various miracles, marvelous works, and superlative virtues

 

And finally these (more than) twenty Jesus Christs (accepting their character of the name) laid the foundation for the salvation of the world, and ascended back to heaven:

  • Adad of Assyria

  • Adonis, son of the virgin Io of Greece

  • Alcides of Thebes

  • Atys of Phrygia

  • Baal and Taut, "the only Begotten of God," of Phoenicia

  • Bali of Afghanistan

  • Beddru of Japan

  • Buddha Sakia of India

  • Cadmus of Greece

  • Crite of Chaldea

  • Deva Tat, and Sammonocadam of Siam

  • Divine Teacher of Plato

  • Fohi and Tien of China

  • Gentaut and Quexalcote of Mexico

  • Hesus of Eros, and Bremrillah, of the Druids

  • Hil and Feta of the Mandaites

  • Ischy of the Island of Formosa

  • Ixion and Quirnus of Rome

  • Holy One of Xaca

  • Indra of Tibet

  • Jao of Nepal

  • Krishna of Hindostan

  • Mikado of the Sintoos

  • Mohammed, or Mahomet, of Arabia

  • Odin of the Scandinavians

  • Prometheus of Caucasus

  • Salivahana of Bermuda

  • Thammuz of Syria

  • Thor, son of Odin, of the Gauls

  • Universal Monarch of the Sibyls

  • Wittoba of the Bilingonese

  • Xamolxis of Thrace

  • Zoar of the Bonzes

  • Zoroaster and Mithra of Persia

  • Zulis, or Zhule, also Osiris and Orus, of Egypt

In order to appreciate the comparison that follows, we offer some information about who Horus is and how he fits into Egyptian culture:

  • PíTAH (Gods of Heaven came to Earth from the Celestial Disk) installed as Egyptís first Divine Ruler his own son RA and

  • RA then divided the Egyptian kingdom between the ígodsí...

  • OSIRIS and SETH who fought over control of the kingdom.

  • After OSIRIS was killed, resuscitated and resurrected, his place on the throne was taken over by his son...

  • HORUS, whose mother was ISIS.

  • Then HORUS was given Upper and Lower Egypt by the Lord of the Earth thus becoming the legitimate heir in the RA-OSIRIS line of succession, establishing that kingship had a perpetual divine connection.

(To understand Egyptian history, one must read Sitchinís books about the Sumerian civilization and its connection to Egypt.)

 

Some say that the Christian religion came directly out of the Egyptian religion; at least, it was the probable source of the origins of Christianity. Be it further noted that Zecharia Sitchin in The Lost Realms (page 183), claims that the Sumerian ENKI was the Egyptian PíTAH, the Sumerian MARDUK was the Egyptian RA and NINGISH was the Egyptian THOTH. Now letís compare the Egyptian HORUS with the Christian JESUS CHRIST.

A List of the similarities between Horus and Jesus:

  • Horus and the Father are one.

  • Jesus says, "I and My Father are one. He that seeth Me, seeth Him that sent Me."
     

  • Horus is the Father seen in the Son.

  • Jesus claims to be the Son in whom the Father is revealed.
     

  • Horus was the light of the world, the light that is represented by the symbolical eye, the sign of salvation.

  • Jesus is made to declare that He is the light of the world.
     

  • Horus was the way, the truth, the life by name and in person.

  • Jesus is made to assert that he is the way, the truth, and the life.
     

  • Horus was the plant, the shoot, the natzar.

  • Jesus is made to say: "I am the true vine."
     

  • Horus says: It is I who traverse the heaven; I go round the Sekhet-Arru (the Elysian Fields); Eternity has been assigned to me without end. Lo! I am heir of endless time and my attribute is eternity.

  • Jesus says: " I am come down from Heaven. For this is the will of the Father that everyone who beholdeth the Son and believeth in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (He, too, claims to be lord of eternity.)
     

  • Horus says: " I open the Tuat that I may drive away the darkness."

  • Jesus says: " I am come a light unto the world."
     

  • Horus says: I am equipped with thy words O Ra (the father in heaven) (ch.32) and repeat them to those who are deprived of breath. (ch.38). These were the words of the father in heaven.

  • Jesus says: " The Father which sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak. Whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak. The word which ye hear is not mine, but the Fatherís which sent me."

A comparative list of some pre-existing types to Christianity shows further how these types were brought on in the canonical Gospels and the Book of Revelation:

1. Horus baptized with water by Anup = Jesus Baptized with water by John.
2. Anup, the Baptizer = John the Baptist.
3. Aan, a name of the divine scribe = John the divine scribe.
4. Horus born in Annu, the place of bread = Jesus born in Bethlehem, the house of bread.
5. Horus the Good Shepherd with the crook upon his shoulders = Jesus the Good Shepherd with the lamb or kid upon his shoulder.
6. The Seven on board the boat with Horus = The seven fishers on board the boat with Jesus.
7. Horus as the Lamb = Jesus as the Lamb.
8. Horus as the Lion = Jesus as the Lion.
9. Horus identified with the Tat or Cross = Jesus identified with the Cross.
10. Horus of twelve years = Jesus of twelve years.
11. Horus made a man of thirty years in his baptism = Jesus made a man of thirty years in his baptism.
12. Horus the Krst = Jesus the Christ.
13. Horus the manifesting Son of God = Jesus the manifesting Son of God.
14. The trinity of Atum the Father, Horus the Son, and Ra the Holy Spirit = The trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
15. The first Horus as a child of the Virgin, the second as the Son of Ra = Jesus as the Virgins child, the Christ as Son of the Father.
16. Horus the sower and Set the destroyer in the harvesting = Jesus the sower of the good seed and Satan the sower of tares.
17. Horus carried off by Set to the summit of Mount Hetep = Jesus spirited away by Satan into an exceedingly high mountain.
18. Set and Horus contending on the Mount = Jesus and Satan contending on the Mount.
19. The Star as the announcer of the child Horus = The Star in the East that indicated the birthplace of Jesus.
20. Hours the avenger = Jesus who brings the sword.
21. Horus as Iu-em-Hetep, who comes with peace = Jesus the bringer of peace.
22. Horus the afflicted one = Jesus the afflicted one.
23. Horus as the type of life eternal = Jesus the type of eternal life.
24. Horus as Iu-em-Hetep, the child teacher in the temple = The child Jesus as teacher in the temple.
25. The mummy bandage that was woven without seam =The vesture of Christ without a seam.
26. Twelve followers of Horus as Har-Khutti = Twelve followers of Jesus as the twelve disciples.
27. The revelation written down by Aan (Tehuti) the scribe of divine words = The revelation by John the divine.
28. The saluter Aani, who bears witness to the word of Ra and to the testimony of Horus = John who bears witness to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
29. The secret of the Mysteries revealed by Taht-Aan = The secret of the Mysteries made known by John.
30. Horus the Morning Star = Jesus the Morning Star.
31. Horus who gives the Morning Star to his followers = Jesus who gives the Morning Star to his followers.
32. The name of Ra on the head of the deceased = The name of the Father written on the forehead.
33. The Paradise of the Pole Star-Am-Khemen = The Holy City lighted by one luminary, that is neither the Sun nor the Moon = the Pole Star.
34. The Har-Seshu, or servants of Horus = The servants of Jesus Christ.

In addition, an extensive excerpt from Comparative Cosmology by Akif Manaf J., Ph.D. is posted here.

Excerpt from Churchwardís Book Of Religion, first published in 1924:

  • Similarities between Krishna and Christ:

    • Both are held to be really god incarnate

    • Both were incarnated and born of a woman

    • The mother in each case was a holy virgin

    • The father of each was a carpenter

    • Both were of royal decent

    • Each had the title of "Savior"

    • Both were "without sin"

    • Both were crucified

    • Both were crucified between two thieves

    • Each taught of a great and final day of judgment

Here is a small list of writers that lived during the time of Jesus, aside from two forged passages in the work of a Jewish author, and two disputed passages in the work of Roman writers, there is to be found no mention of Jesus Christ in this mass of Jewish and Pagan writers.

 

 

 

Apollonius

Appian

Arrian

Auls Gellius

Columella

Epictetus

Damis

Dio Chrysostom

Dion Pruseus

Favorinus

Florus Lucius

Hermogones

Italicus

Josephus

Justus of Tiberius

Juvenal

Lucanus

Lucian

Lysias

Martial

Paterculus

Quintilian

Quintius Curtius

Persius

Petronius

Phaedrus

Philo-Judaeus

Phlegon

Pliny the Elder

Pliny the Younger

Plutarch

Pompon Mela

Ptolemy

Seneca

Silius

Statius

Suetonius

Tacitus

Theon of Smyran

Valerius Flaccus

Valerius Maximus

 

 

 

 

Imagine that an event so important to the history and well being of man not being recorded by a single writer of the time it occurred.

 

It is liken to man landing on the moon and walking on it for the first time in the history of man, and have not a single person write about it during the time it occurred.

 

Read the complete work: The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors  - Christianity Before Christ -